LVI Associates: Your Premier Talent Partner for Building Diagnostics Talent

Facing an aging infrastructure and a tight talent pool, the Civil Engineering industry requires approximately 25,000 new engineers annually. It's estimated that various infrastructure investments will create over 800,000 job openings by the middle of the decade. LVI Associates specializes in sourcing top-tier talent in the Civil sector, including highway, road, and bridge projects. We help businesses meet their workforce needs efficiently, keeping pace with transformations in the industry.

With over 15 years of dedicated experience in talent acquisition for Civil professionals, we promise excellent results in hiring, onboarding, and retention. If you're looking to refine your recruitment strategies, remain competitive with data-driven salary and benefits insights, and keep pace with industry advancements, we invite you to request a call back today. Alternatively, submit a job specification to hasten your search for niche experts.

Whether you're seeking world-class Civil talent or are an industry professional considering new career opportunities, LVI Associates is your dependable partner. Our dedicated team thrives on supplying top-tier talent, including Senior Project Managers, Senior Water Resource Engineers, and more.

Benefits of working with LVI Associates

At LVI Associates, our Civil Engineering team takes pride in laying solid foundations in the built world. We constantly explore new design methods, cutting-edge technology, and sustainable practices. The demand for these skills is soaring as industries recognize the importance of efficient and sustainable Civil projects. Trends such as growing populations, urbanization, and the necessity for robust infrastructure to withstand unpredictable weather patterns are fueling this demand.

Whether you urgently need to fill critical Civil Engineering roles or are seeking the right talent for your long-term plans, we have the expertise and resources to deliver outstanding results. When you collaborate with LVI Associates' Civil team, you can expect the following benefits:


We have over a decade’s worth of experience as a leading talent partner in theCivil sector


A vast, global network of the best, in-demand professionals, working worldwide acrossCivil


Our award-winning Civil talent specialists offer bespoke, tailored guidance on the latest hiring trends and industry news to help you achieve your goals.

Take the first step in overcoming your talent shortage by completing our form. Our dedicated team awaits the opportunity to discuss how we can effectively partner with your organization to fulfill your hiring needs.

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Civil Jobs

Civil professionals will be pivotal as infrastructural demands continue to surge. Companies are consistently exploring innovative solutions for infrastructural challenges and investment in the sector is increasing, so partnering with a talent specialist who understands the Civil landscape could propel your career to new heights. Browse through ou rcurrent career opportunities or submit your CV/resume, and one of our consultants will reach out when a job that aligns with your profile becomes available.

W/WW Conveyence - Irvine

Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering Minimum of 10 years of experience in the water/wastewater industry Relevant Professional Engineer (PE) license Strong technical background in water treatment, wastewater treatment, pump stations, pipelines, conveyance, gravity sewer design, and water distribution systems Proficiency in industry-standard software and tools Project engineering and management experience Commitment to contributing to a positive company culture Responsibilities: Serve as a technical expert in water/wastewater planning, design, and construction projects Mentor junior staff in design plan preparation for major mechanical engineering projects Prepare detailed sketches or layouts for municipal water or wastewater projects Supervise design, inspection, and construction of water and wastewater projects Provide detailed reports on contracts and recommendations Lead project planning and development activities Present design elements to clients through meetings and presentations Benefits: Career advancement opportunities Comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, disability, life insurance, employee assistance program, paid time off, parental leave, paid holidays, retirement savings plan, referral bonuses, and tuition reimbursement Competitive compensation based on qualifications and experience Benefits apply to full-time regular positions

US$120000 - US$180000 per annum

Senior Project Manager - Structures

A local Idaho consulting firm is seeking a Senior Project Manager to join their esteemed team in Boise, Idaho. The selected candidate will play a pivotal role in crafting design calculations, conducting detailed analyses, and producing structural drawings and specifications for a variety of projects including bridges, retaining walls, and hydraulic structures within the transportation, public infrastructure, and drainage sectors. Collaboration within a multidisciplinary team comprising Transportation Engineers, Designers, and CAD Technicians will be integral to success in this role, necessitating a commitment to teamwork and adherence to established standards. Responsibilities and Expectations: Lead the design analysis and development of technical bridge plans/details for clients Demonstrate proficiency in ITD Bridge and AASHTO LRFD design methodologies Generate exhibits, drawings, and details pertinent to bridge projects Execute both routine and complex design/analysis tasks, applying established structural design techniques Supervise plan production and facilitate coordination among team members Interpret bridge construction documents and leverage deep bridge design expertise Exhibit strong oral and written communication skills, ensuring effective documentation Professional: Possess a minimum of 10 years of progressive Structural Design experience Professional Engineer (PE) license in the state of Idaho or ability to obtain licensure within six months Proven ability to manage projects, adhere to schedules, and communicate effectively with professionals and technical staff Familiarity with MS Office Suite, MATHCAD, STAADPRO, RISA, and Bridge design software Experience in bridge detailing practices and familiarity with roadway, highway, or structural design projects Salary Range: $110-$150k

US$110000 - US$150000 per annum
Idaho City

Heavy Civil Superintendent

Title: Seeking an Experienced Heavy Civil Superintendent in Ohio Introductory Paragraph: Our client, a leading construction company based in Ohio, is seeking an experienced Heavy Civil Superintendent to join their team. The ideal candidate will have at least 5 years of experience managing various heavy civil projects including bridges, highways and sitework/utilities. Qualifications: - Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience - Minimum of 5+ years' experience as a superintendent/project manager on complex infrastructure projects such as concrete structures for transportation systems like highways/bridges. - Ability to read and interpret blueprints/drawings/specifications/plans/schematics -Successful track record supervising project teams consisting of foremen/operators/laborers/tradespeople etc. -Knowledgeable about safety regulations & Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA) standards Skills: -Leadership skills with the ability to motivate people towards achieving common goals, -Must be able manage time effectively with excellent organizational abilities; prioritize tasks accordingly while being flexible enough if priorities change without much notice. Salary Range:$100k-$140k If you are passionate about building quality infrastructures that stand up against the test-of-time then this might just be your chance! Don't let it slip away - apply now by submitting your updated resume along with cover letter highlighting why you're perfect fit for our team today!!

US$90000 - US$140000 per year

Senior Traffic Engineer

A large multidisciplinary firm with a strong backlog of projects located in Melville, NY, is on the lookout for a talented Traffic Engineer to join their team. In this role, you'll be instrumental in analyzing, designing, and optimizing traffic systems for improved safety, efficiency, and functionality. You'll have the chance to work on diverse projects, collaborating with multidisciplinary teams to develop sustainable transportation solutions. Key Responsibilities: Conducting Traffic Analysis Designing Traffic Signals Developing Roadway Designs and Geometry Implementing Safety Enhancements Ensuring Regulatory Compliance Performing Traffic Impact Assessments Preparing Documentation and Reports Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering or a related field Licensed Professional Engineer (PE) Minimum of 8 years' experience in traffic engineering Proficiency in traffic engineering software like SYNCHRO, VISSIM, and AutoCAD Strong analytical and problem-solving abilities Excellent communication and teamwork skills Benefits: Competitive salary package Comprehensive health, dental, and vision coverage Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) Opportunities for professional growth and development Clear pathways for career progression If you're a dedicated and detail-oriented professional with a passion for traffic engineering, we encourage you to apply for this exciting opportunity!

US$125000 - US$150000 per annum

Construction Inspector- NY

Are you a detail-oriented Construction Inspector with a proven track record in overseeing infrastructure projects? This leading Engineering, Inspection, and Construction firm is looking for a skilled professional to join their team in New York, NY, and play a pivotal role in ensuring the quality and compliance of their construction initiatives. Experience Needed: Infrastructure Project Experience: Minimum of 3 years of experience specifically inspecting infrastructure projects, including roads, bridges, and utilities- NYCDOT/NYSDOT experience is a plus Quality Assurance: Proven ability to ensure construction projects meet specified quality standards and comply with regulations. Technical Proficiency: Familiarity with construction plans, specifications, and relevant codes. Communication Skills: Strong verbal and written communication skills for effective collaboration with contractors, project managers, and stakeholders. Qualifications Needed: Degree in Civil Engineering or related field NICET Certification Experience in the transportation industry working on highway and/or bridge construction Attention to Detail: Meticulous attention to detail in conducting inspections and preparing accurate reports. Computer Skills: Proficiency in using standard office software and construction management tools. Valid Driver's License: A valid driver's license is required for travel to construction sites. Benefits: Competitive Compensation: Enjoy a competitive salary reflective of your skills and experience. Comprehensive Benefits Package: Access to health, dental, and vision insurance for you and your family. Retirement Plans: Participate in our 401(k) retirement savings plan for long-term financial security. Professional Development Opportunities: Continuous learning and growth opportunities to enhance your skills and stay current with industry trends. Work-Life Balance: Supportive work environment with flexible hours to maintain a healthy work-life balance.

US$94000 - US$146000 per annum
New York

Highway PE - Houston

Title: Highway PE - Houston Qualifications: - Bachelor's degree (or higher) in Civil Engineering - Professional Engineer license required - Experience developing roadway designs using software tools such as Microstation/Geopak/Civil 3D etc.. - Working knowledge/familiarity working within TxDOT guidelines is preferred Skills & Abilities - Strong communication abilities both written / verbal along-with effective interpersonal skillset enabling smooth coordination between project teams, clients/stakeholders involved . - Ability work under pressure managing multiple tasks/projects simultaneously without compromising on accuracy/detail orientation , - Proven ability develop innovate techniques/solutions incorporating latest industry trends best practices into their engineering strategies. Salary & Benefits: Offering competitive compensation package starting at $100000 annually based upon experience/capabilities . In-addition comprehensive health insurance coverage, 401k, and other benefits will be included.

US$100000 - US$150000 per annum

Transportation Engineer

Position: Transportation Engineer Location: Chicago, Illinois About Us: We are a leading engineering firm dedicated to shaping the future of transportation infrastructure in Chicago and beyond. We specialize in designing innovative solutions that improve mobility, enhance safety, and promote sustainability. As a trusted partner to government agencies, developers, and communities, we are committed to delivering high-quality projects that make a positive impact on people's lives. Job Description: As a Transportation Engineer, you will play a key role in designing and optimizing transportation systems to meet the evolving needs of our city. From traffic engineering and public transit planning to infrastructure design and project management, you will have the opportunity to work on a wide range of projects that shape the future of transportation in Chicago. Responsibilities: Collaborate with multidisciplinary teams to develop transportation plans, designs, and strategies that enhance mobility and accessibility. Conduct traffic studies, analyze data, and develop innovative solutions to improve traffic flow, safety, and efficiency. Design transportation infrastructure, including roads, highways, transit facilities, and pedestrian/bicycle facilities, using industry-leading tools and techniques. Manage transportation projects from concept to completion, including planning, design, permitting, and construction phases. Engage with stakeholders, including government agencies, community groups, and private sector partners, to gather input, address concerns, and build consensus around transportation projects. Stay abreast of emerging trends, technologies, and best practices in transportation engineering and apply them to project work. Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering, Transportation Engineering, or a related field. Master's degree preferred. Professional Engineer (PE) license in the state of Illinois or the ability to obtain licensure within a reasonable timeframe. 3-5 years of experience in transportation engineering or a related field, with a focus on urban transportation projects. Proficiency in transportation modeling software (e.g., VISSIM, Synchro) and GIS tools (e.g., ArcGIS). Strong analytical, problem-solving, and communication skills. Experience with project management, including planning, budgeting, and scheduling. Ability to work effectively in a collaborative team environment and engage with diverse stakeholders. Benefits: Competitive salary commensurate with experience. Comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, retirement plans, and paid time off. Opportunities for professional development and career advancement. Dynamic work environment with opportunities to make a meaningful impact on the transportation infrastructure of Chicago.


Bridge Inspector

Title: Bridge Inspector in Texas Qualifications: - Bachelor's degree or higher in Civil Engineering - A minimum of 5 years of bridge inspection experience Skills: - Strong analytical and problem-solving abilities. - Ability to work independently without any supervision while producing quality results efficiently within tight deadlines. - Excellent written and verbal communication skills suitable towards discussing technical reports with clients from different backgrounds both internally & externally Responsibilities: - Conducting regular field inspections on existing structures such as Bridges over water bodies using various testing equipment, - Evaluating structural components of buildings like concrete decks or steel beams along with drainage systems under normal traffic flows; documenting your findings so they can be analyzed later before making recommendations regarding repairs if necessary Salary & Benefits: Offering competitive remuneration starting at $120000 per year depending on qualifications plus benefits packages which includes health insurance coverage options among others.

US$120000 - US$180000 per annum

Traffic/Transportation Co-Team Lead

Traffic/Transportation Co-Team Lead Needed in Campbell, California We are currently seeking a motivated and experienced Traffic/Transportation Co-Team Lead to join our regional client's team located in the beautiful city of Campbell, California. Our client is an engineering firm that specializes in transportation engineering and civil design for various types of projects across the Bay Area. Qualifications: - 7+ years experience with traffic or transportation-related work - 2+ years of experience managing staff or projects - California PE license (or ability to obtain within 6 months) - Proficient in VISSIM, Synchro, AutoCAD, Civil 3D, or other transportation related softwares Responsibilities: - Manage staff across bay area alongside current Traffic/Transportation Lead - Visit clients and support continued business development efforts - Assist with project management of existing backlog Salary range: $145,000-$185,000 If you're passionate about solving complex problems related to traffic and transportation engineering while co-leading a high-performing team then we encourage you to apply today! Further inquiries can be directed .

US$145000 - US$185000 per annum + Health/Dental/Vision insurance, HSA/Flexible Spending Account, Flexible work schedule, Professional Development assistance
San Jose

Survey Manager

This surveyor will work on multiple projects on a broad range of project types. For this position the Survey Manager applies knowledge of surveying principles and techniques in a broad area of land and construction surveying. The Survey Manger is responsible for maintaining files of surveys and plats, makes independent decisions on surveying problems and methods. Manages survey crews and is responsible for assignment and coordination of survey operations. Represents the firm on Client conferences and written communications. Prepares survey proposals. Responsibilities include: Schedules survey crews and office personnel Reviews final legal descriptions, survey plats, design surveys, and field notes reductions for accuracy and completeness Trains personnel Sets standards for survey department Performs or directs computations for control surveys, subdivision of sections, boundary surveys and easements Makes analysis of documentary and physical evidence Writes and reviews legal descriptions Promotes work and assists with survey proposal preparation Assists with client conferences Seals (PLS) plats, legal descriptions, and ALTA Surveys Prepare reports and correspondence with agencies and clients Estimates staffing and survey equipment needs and schedules Provides periodic field observations during survey Other duties as assigned Qualified candidates will have: Professional Land Surveyors license (PLS, RPLS) Ability to deal with clients on a regular basis Ability to do advanced GPS and survey calculations Minimum 6 years surveying experience Demonstrated ability to manage survey staff Manages survey projects in a profitable manner Experience in work in both the field and office Bachelor's degree or Associate degree in surveying or civil engineering technology We look forward to viewing your application for candidacy.

US$110000 - US$160000 per annum
United States of America

Bridge Engineer-Inspection Team Leader

We have a current opportunity for a Bridge Engineer-Inspection Team Leader on a permanent basis. This engineer will supervise and perform structural inspections on bridges and ancillary structures, serving as the Team Leader. The Team Leader is responsible for leading inspection teams and assisting in the successful completion of inspection/design projects as well as act as the Project Manager on moderately complex inspection projects. Responsibilities include: Perform difficult engineering computations and estimates in designing engineering projects. Prepare engineering plans or reports. Coach field staff on the purpose and processes of inspections and inspection techniques. Make independent decisions within a general framework. Responsible for difficult engineering projects in field or office in accordance with plans and specifications. Supervise above water and underwater bridge and ancillary design, inspection, and evaluations. Review, analyze, and provide recommendations on field and/or design issues or adaptations. Prepare and monitor project budgets and assist in proposal preparation. Responsible for project schedules and timely completion of projects. Direct and supervise the work of entry-level engineers, technicians, drafters, and administrative staff. Use computer assisted engineering and design software and equipment to prepare engineering and design documents. Qualified candidates will have: Bachelor's degree and/or master's degree in Civil Engineering from an accredited four-year university and a minimum of 3 to 6 years of bridge or ancillary structure inspection experience. Must have passed the NHI/FHWA Safety Inspection of In-Service Bridges course. Engineer-In-Training (E.I.T) required Professional Engineer (P.E.) or ability to attain within 6 months preferred Candidates must be of adequate moral character Valid driver's license We look forward to viewing your application for candidacy.

US$75000 - US$140000 per annum
United States of America

Traffic Project Manager / Senior Project Manager

Job Summary: We are seeking a highly skilled and experienced Traffic Project Manager to join our team. The successful candidate will be responsible for managing traffic projects and leading a team of engineers in delivering exceptional results. This role requires strong client management skills, project management expertise, and a thorough understanding of California traffic regulations and standards. This position offers growth potential into an Engineering Manager role in the Southern California region. Key Responsibilities: Client Management: Establish and maintain strong relationships with clients, ensuring their needs are met and their expectations are exceeded. Act as the primary point of contact for clients throughout the project life cycle. Project Management: Oversee the planning, design, and execution of traffic projects, ensuring projects are completed on time, within budget, and to the highest quality standards. Coordinate with cross-functional teams and manage project deliverables. Traffic Engineering Expertise: Apply your knowledge of California traffic standards and regulations to design, implement, and manage traffic projects, including traffic impact studies, traffic signal design, and roadway improvements. Team Leadership: Provide guidance and mentorship to junior engineers and technical staff. Foster a collaborative and inclusive team environment that promotes professional growth and development. Billability: This role starts off at being 75% billable but will change into a Southern California manager role where you will not be billable Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering or a related field. Professional Engineer (PE) license in California is required. Minimum of 7 years of experience in traffic engineering or transportation projects. Proven track record in client management and project management. Strong understanding of California traffic regulations and standards. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Demonstrated leadership and mentoring abilities. Proficiency in traffic engineering software and tools. Strong problem-solving and analytical skills. Benefits: Competitive salary and performance-based bonuses. Comprehensive benefits package, including health, dental, and vision insurance. Retirement savings plan with employer match. Opportunities for career growth and professional development. Supportive and collaborative work environment.

US$150000 - US$175000 per annum
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Addressing Australia's Engineering Talent Shortage: Practical Approaches

The shortage of skilled engineers in Australia is a pressing concern shared by everyone involved in infrastructure development. This deficit is hampering the country's ability to execute crucial infrastructure projects effectively. KPMG's Annual Leadership Survey underscores a major worry among leaders, with up to 77% losing sleep over the challenge of finding the right talent. Similarly, a report by Professionals Australia titled “Engineering a Better Future” estimates a shortfall of 200,000 engineering professionals. Elizabeth Pugh, Associate Director at LVI Associates Australia, shares her insights on this engineering profession gap and delves into how organisations can overcome it by leveraging international talent. Read about her observations below:There's a general consensus that international engineers play a crucial role in bridging the immediate skill gap. However, the focus on nurturing local talent through education and enhancing the profession's appeal is equally important for long-term solutions. The debate intensifies around optimally utilising overseas talent, with barriers still in place. Dr. Maryam Raji from Melbourne University's Faculty of Business and Economics emphasises the need for educational reforms and increased professional attractiveness to develop local talent. She refers to Engineering Australia’s report to the Department of Home Affairs, which reveals that 70% of engineers in Australia are international-born, yet many are either unemployed or not working in their field. My experience as a professional services engineering recruiter in Australia confirms this. Frequently, international engineers with extensive global experience are overlooked due to their lack of familiarity with Australian building codes and regulations. Common reasons for rejection include: Time constraints: Firms often lack the time to train new hires on local regulations due to pressing project deadlines.Fear of talent loss: Concerns that trained engineers might leave for competitors.Negative assumptions: Doubts about international engineers' ability to adapt to local market regulations.As a practical and business-oriented manager, I understand these concerns, but it's clear that Australia could better leverage international engineering talent. A national, or even organisational-wide, integrated strategy could help to address these challenges.Solutions include:Conversion courses: Creating a mandatory framework for educating and testing experienced engineers on Australian building and regulatory requirements, similar to initiatives in healthcare and legal sectors.Positive workplace culture for retention: Ensuring a supportive work environment is essential for retaining all employees, regardless of their origin.Dispelling myths: Recognising the value of international engineers who have successfully adapted and contributed in various countries, including Australia.In short, there are likely many other viable solutions to this persistent and growing issue. What other strategies could effectively address Australia's engineering talent gap? My team and I at LVI Associates welcome any additional insights or suggestions, and if you are facing challenges attracting top talent, please do not hesitate to get in touch.​​Elizabeth PughAssociate Director - AustraliaAssociate Director - Elizabeth, heads up the Australian and Southeast Asian Engineering talent space. She and her team are well-versed in the nuanced requirements of the region and are well-equipped to help organisations across all parts of engineering businesses. LVI Associates' proven track record in connecting talented individuals with outstanding organisations ensures that we help you source the best talent available. Start a conversation about your talent needs today.REQUEST A CALL BACK

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Overcoming Australia's Infrastructure Talent Shortage: Tips from Expert Consultants

​In a highly competitive job market, attracting and retaining top talent is a critical challenge for companies operating in Australia's infrastructure, water, transport, and environmental sectors. The skills shortages in these fields have left businesses struggling to find and secure the right talent to meet their needs. To address this issue, we recently hosted a webinar featuring expert consultants from these markets, who shared their tips and advice on how companies can attract and retain top talent in the world of infrastructure engineering. Understanding the Talent ShortageThe talent shortage in the Australian infrastructure industry is a pressing concern. Companies often face challenges in attracting and retaining high-caliber talent. This is where employer branding comes into play. To stand out from the competition, businesses must focus on showcasing their culture, values, work environment, career development opportunities, and more. Several strategies have proven effective in establishing a compelling employer brand:Job Ads and Online Presence:Generic job advertisements are no longer sufficient. Today's top talent seeks more than just a job description. They want to learn about the company's culture, benefits like flexible working arrangements, and past successful projects.Social Media and LinkedIn:In the modern job market, an online presence is everything. Candidates research companies on platforms like LinkedIn to understand the company's reputation, culture, and what current and past employees say about it.Showcase More Than Your Business:Highlighting industry leaders, community engagement, and partnerships with educational institutions can make your company more attractive to candidates.Attracting Talent During InterviewsCandidates often speak with multiple companies simultaneously, so making your company stand out during the interview process is crucial. Here's how you can achieve this:Tailor the Role:Tailoring the job description to fit the candidate's unique skills and motivations can set your company apart from the competition.Show Diversity and Inclusion:Emphasise diversity and inclusion practices in your job advertisements. Make sure your job descriptions are gender-neutral and explain how employees benefit from the company's practices.Clear Career Progression:Discuss and put in writing the career advancement opportunities your company offers. Candidates are looking for clear paths for career progression.Attractive Offers Beyond SalaryWhile salary is essential, companies can also attract candidates with other benefits. Here are some creative ways companies are making their total compensation packages more appealing:Equity and Shares:Offering shares or equity can entice candidates to stay with your company for the long term.Performance-Based Reviews:Consider guaranteeing salary reviews based on performance, skill acquisition, or other key factors.Sign-on Bonuses:A sign-on bonus as part of the initial offer can make the opportunity more enticing.Flexibility:Highlight any flexible working arrangements and benefits that improve work-life balance in your offer.Career Development:Offer candidates opportunities for career advancement and learning and development.Post-Offer ConsiderationsThe job isn't done once the candidate accepts the offer. To ensure they stay engaged and committed, consider onboarding processes that involve your existing team and provide flexibility. Keep in touch with the candidate until their start date.Australia's infrastructure and related markets are facing a talent shortage, but there are creative strategies to attract and retain the right professionals. Companies can succeed by focusing on employer branding, offering attractive benefits beyond salary, and providing clear career progression paths. To navigate the competitive job market successfully, remember that the candidate's journey extends beyond the offer acceptance. To watch the webinar recording, clickhere.Get in TouchIf you have further questions or need additional insights, feel free to reach out to our expert panel. We hope you found these tips and advice valuable in addressing the talent shortage in the Australian engineering market. ​Elizabeth PughSenior Vice President(Head of Australia)Milan VidanovicAssociate Vice President(Environmental)Laura Chan Principal Consultant(Water)Chantel LiSenior Consultant(Transport)Request a call back >> Revisit the webinar recording

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Webinar Recording: Overcoming Australia's Infrastructure Talent Shortage

​Australia is facing a critical infrastructure talent shortage, with many businesses struggling to find the talent they need. This webinar provides hiring managers with practical tips on how to attract, interview, and hire the best talent for their infrastructure projects.

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Navigating Talent Shortages in Australia's Booming Infrastructure Sector

​Australia is experiencing an unprecedented infrastructure boom, driven by substantial investments in the country's development. Over the next five years, Australia is set to receive an astonishing USD 218 billion in infrastructure investment. The government's commitment to the AUD 120 billion Infrastructure Investment Program, which has grown exponentially over the past decade, underscores its dedication to fostering infrastructure development.The future of transport infrastructure in Australia also holds promising opportunities for professionals in the sector, with a steady stream of projects and career growth potential. However, as the industry flourishes, it faces a critical challenge: talent shortages in infrastructure that threaten to impede progress.​Civil Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Structural Engineers are in DemandThe signs of talent shortages in the infrastructure sector are increasingly evident, with demand reaching unprecedented levels. According to the Infrastructure Australia 'Infrastructure Workforce Skills Supply' report, the country is projected to face a shortage of 105,000 unfilled roles this year, translating to a staggering 48% shortage in demand. This scarcity of talent puts around 34 out of 50 occupations within the industry at risk of significant shortfalls, further exacerbating the challenges faced by businesses seeking skilled workers.Among the in-demand occupations are Civil Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Structural Engineers, whose expertise is highly sought after. However, as the transport construction market in Australia continues to thrive, the demand for specialized roles like Procurement and Project Management is also on the rise. The landscape of the industry is rapidly evolving, necessitating professionals to possess diverse skill sets and adaptability to meet the dynamic requirements of the sector.​

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APAC LVI Associates Salary Guide 2023: Civil

Delve into the latest insights of the Civil engineering industry with our comprehensive Salary Guide for 2023. Discover the salary trends, compensation expectations, and career motivations that shape this dynamic sector. Here are some of the interesting findings:Below average on parental leave | One third of engineering professionals in the Australian transport sector have received 14-20 days of parental leave.Desire to learn | The lack of learning and development is the second push factor for water professionals in Australia. Bonus Season in Singapore | A high percentage of Singaporean water industry respondents received both bonuses and salary increments within the last 12 months across our surveyed groups. Seventy-seven percent received a bonus, and 75% received an increment. However, both values dropped compared to the results in 2022.​​Our Civil report covers the following regions and sectors:​Australia - TransportAustralia - WaterSingapore - Water

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Be interview ready – offshore wind roles

​Discover 10 tips on how to prepare for an offshore wind interview Preparing for a job interview for an opening in the offshore wind industry requires thorough research, an understanding of the industry's unique challenges and requirements, and showcasing your relevant skills and experiences. As talent experts in the energy and infrastructure space, we’ve compiled a checklist for you to use to simplify this process. Here are some reminders to help you prepare effectively and put your best foot forward: ​1 - Research the company and the offshore wind industry: Gain a comprehensive understanding of the company you are interviewing with, including their projects, mission, values, and recent achievements. Additionally, research the offshore wind industry, including current projects in your region, market trends, regulatory frameworks, and key players. ​2 - Review the job descriptionCarefully analyze the job description to identify the key skills, qualifications, and responsibilities required for the role. Note specific technical knowledge or certifications mentioned and consider how your own experiences align with the requirements. ​3 - Showcase your knowledge and experienceDemonstrate your knowledge of the offshore wind industry during the interview. Highlight any relevant experiences you have, such as working on wind energy projects, knowledge of wind turbine technologies, or experience with offshore operations and maintenance. Share specific examples of your contributions and accomplishments in similar roles or projects. ​💡 Added tip! If you come from a different professional background but have landed an interview at an offshore wind-focused company, it's a great opportunity to highlight your transferable skillsets to offshore infrastructure. This is especially useful if you have experience in marine operations, structural engineering, high-voltage electrical engineering, or substation experience. Make sure to shine a light on skills like working with development frameworks, handling grid connections, tackling installation and commissioning tasks, being well-versed in health, safety, and environment (HSE) practices for marine operations, managing contracts, navigating LTSAs and FIDIC contracts, and obtaining permits. Demonstrating your proficiency in these areas will showcase your diverse skillset and show that you're a seasoned professional with plenty of relevant skills for the company. ​4 - Familiarize yourself with offshore wind challenges Be prepared to discuss the unique challenges associated with offshore wind projects, such as challenges in the local supply chain, environmental impact assessments, grid integration, or weather conditions. Showcase your ability to handle these challenges by recounting examples of problem-solving or innovative approaches you have taken in previous roles or projects. ​5 - Understand safety and environmental considerationsOffshore wind projects prioritize safety and environmental considerations. Familiarize yourself with relevant safety standards, regulations, and practices, such as those set by different regional governance. Highlight any safety certifications or training you have completed and demonstrate your commitment to maintaining a safe and sustainable work environment. ​6 - Brush up on technical skills and industry terminologyReview technical skills and knowledge relevant to the offshore wind industry, such as wind turbine technology, power generation, electrical systems, or project management. Be prepared to discuss industry-specific terminology and concepts, showcasing your understanding of the technical aspects of the field. ​7 - Prepare examples of problem-solving and teamwork Be ready to share examples of how you have solved problems, overcame challenges, and have worked effectively in teams. Offshore wind projects often require collaboration with multidisciplinary teams, so highlight your ability to work well in such environments and contribute to achieving project goals. If you have experience working with diverse individuals or overseas teams, make sure you’ve gone through these projects in your head to keep them at the top of your mind. The offshore wind industry is a dynamic and quick-moving one. Being decisive and efficient in decision-making and communication are valued soft skills. ​8 - Anticipate behavioural and situational questionsPrepare for behavioural and situational interview questions that assess your competencies and fit for the role. Practice answering questions that demonstrate your ability to handle pressure, work in diverse teams, communicate effectively, and manage conflicts. ​9 - Have questions ready for the interviewerPrepare thoughtful questions to ask the interviewer about the company, the specific role, project details, and career development opportunities. This shows your interest in the company and your proactive approach to understanding the role and its expectations. ​10 - Conduct mock interviews and seek feedbackPractice mock interviews with a friend or mentor to refine your responses and gain feedback. This will help you improve your confidence, clarity of expression, and ability to effectively convey your skills and experiences. ​Finally... Remember to dress professionally, arrive early, and maintain a positive and confident demeanour during the interview. By thoroughly preparing and showcasing your knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm for the offshore wind industry, you can position yourself as a strong candidate for the role. ​At LVI Associates, we are dedicated to empowering energy and infrastructure professionals to achieve their career goals. By taking the time to truly understand your aspirations, we provide you with unparalleled opportunities in the industry that align with your ambitions. Unlock the door to your future by exploring our latest roles. Register with us today and take the step towards your next career move.

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5 Essential Tips for Hiring in the APAC Energy & Infrastructure Market

​In the highly competitive APAC region's Energy & Infrastructure market, optimizing your interview and hiring process is crucial to attract top talent. Discover our five essential tips below to enhance your hiring process and secure the best candidates for your organization.Engaging InterviewsWhen conducting interviews in the APAC region, showcase enthusiasm and interest to prospective candidates. Ask relevant questions about their interests, experiences, and careers to establish a human connection. For example, when interviewing candidates in Singapore, inquire about their experience in multicultural teams and cross-cultural communication challenges.Maximizing Career Growth OpportunitiesIn the APAC market, candidates value opportunities for career advancement. Highlight the potential for growth within your organization. For instance, discuss the unique opportunities for career advancement in Singapore's rapidly developing infrastructure sector.Enhancing Candidate ExperienceMaintain a positive and professional approach throughout the hiring process. Treat all candidates with respect, providing constructive feedback and suggestions for improvement. Foster a welcoming and inclusive environment, ensuring candidates feel valued and respected regardless of their background or experience. This is particularly important when interviewing candidates in Taiwan.Flexible Hiring DecisionsIn the competitive APAC market, remain flexible when assessing candidates. Consider creating new roles or adjusting existing ones to accommodate exceptional talent. Showcase the technological advancements and cutting-edge engineering projects in Japan to attract candidates who can contribute to the country's reputation for precision and innovation.Timeliness and DecisivenessIn the fast-paced APAC market, timeliness is crucial. Provide prompt feedback to candidates, keeping them engaged and interested. Streamline internal approval processes to avoid delays. Present competitive offers to prevent candidates from exploring other opportunities.By incorporating these five essential tips, you can significantly improve your hiring process within the APAC Energy & Infrastructure market. To fully maximize your hiring efforts, partner with LVI Associates today. With our extensive network, you will gain access to a diverse pool of top talent in the Energy & Infrastructure industry. Take the first step toward enhancing your hiring endeavors by submitting your vacancy or requesting a call back today. Our dedicated team is prepared to assist you in finding the ideal talent partner that aligns with your organization's needs and goals.​

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Top Tips to Secure Your Dream Engineering Job

​When was the last time you considered a career move? Often when we are working we are focused on the job in hand, and sometimes forget the bigger picture, and that the job market is rapidly changing every day.

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How a talent specialist can widen your career opportunities

Achieving success in a competitive professional field requires leveraging the expert knowledge of a talent specialist who understands both you and your sector. Obtaining a position that puts your abilities to use and offers room for growth can be challenging, however. That’s why having an advocate familiar with the market, organization, and industry is essential for a successful career.   Differentiating yourself from other top professionals can be made easier with the assistance of a talent specialist. Their extensive knowledge of your market, personality, and skill set will enable them to determine the best job for you that matches your skills, culture, renumeration, and development goals.As most senior level roles are exclusively advertised within an organization’s internal network and their talent partner’s network, job boards can provide little more than useful resources to help you begin identifying opportunities and get a general feel for the market. Therefore, it is often the case that professionals with a highly sought-after skillset are approached for a well-matched position when they aren’t necessarily looking for one. So, by seeking the advice of a talent specialist when considering a career move, you will benefit from an expert match-making service within an internal network of hiring organizations, and receive timely, direct feedback. The talent specialist acts as a representative for both you and the hiring company, operating with an understanding that time is precious. They will help to improve the communication process, place you in a strong position to get the most from the opportunities presented, and ensure that the culture of the company you are interested in is aligned with your personality and requirements. After all, a top talent partner’s main goal isn’t to get you into a seat in the office, but to present you with an opportunity in which you can thrive long-term. The power of strong relationshipsA talent specialist will have a strong relationship with the hiring organization and may have even placed other professionals in previous roles, meaning they’ve built up a level of trust and understanding with the people who make up the business. This gives them leverage when advocating for you and provides you with information about the company that you need when making an important career decision. A strong talent partner will have made it their business to know the company inside out and will be able to tell you exactly what they are looking for, rather than giving you generic information that ends up wasting your time.Don’t be afraid to ask questions – a talent specialist is a great source of in-depth market knowledge, giving you access to current industry trends or changes, which can give you the edge should you need to tailor your resume and interview strategy to stand out from the competition.For future referenceNurturing a relationship with a talent specialist can help you secure a position with promising prospects. Even if you don’t find the perfect role on the first try, that relationship will mean you are kept in their mind and in their database for when the perfect opportunity does arise. From resume advice to salary guidance, a talent specialist can update you on the market and show you how to leverage that to find the right role. They can also actively network for non-advertised opportunities that best fit your career goals, while helping you enhance your resume or professional branding, so you are equipped to make a stellar first impression to a prospective employer. Networking with a specialist talent partner can also develop a long-term relationship for future opportunities. In years to come, when you are ready for the next step, that consultant will still understand you, your requirements, and the best next steps available to you. And for you, it’s always a plus to have a rapport with someone who’s helping to steer your future.Experts in the art of selectionTalent partners are selective by nature. Honing the skill over time, they hand-pick the most suitable roles for professionals seeking a new opportunity. Not only does this tailored approach maximize success for all parties involved, but it also helps professionals to recognize the potential in an opportunity they may not have considered on their own, while reducing the competition and creating a higher chance of success. Be open to networking with talent specialists when you may not be actively looking; the best opportunities can often pop up when you’re least expecting it.The inside scoopAt senior level, opportunities are not always advertised through traditional mediums. Specialist talent consultants are privy to a range of positions that only they and the organizations’ internal networks are aware of. This could be especially useful in situations where the vacancies that suit your skill set are few and far between.Leading businesses often utilize a talent partner because it’s a more efficient way for them to hire the right person. Therefore, rather than hunting for opportunities that may not be visible online, you could save considerable time working with a talent specialist.Working in your interestsApproaching a job search can be daunting, but a great talent partner offers a wealth of knowledge on the state of the current job market and your specific industry. Once they get to know you and what you’re looking for, their only objective is to place you in the role that is right for you. Once they have a clear idea of what you have to offer both professionally and personally, a talent partner can help you present a strong resume to any hiring company that meet your needs. It is therefore imperative to be open and honest with your talent specialist, taking the time to clearly define your needs and expectations.Liaising with a talent partner can help increase the efficiency of your search. When you succeed, they succeed, and so it’s important to remember that they are truly there to work in your best interests, with your long-term career trajectory in mind. In the same way that networking is often less effective if you just ramp up your activity when you want a job, reaching out to a talent specialist and building a relationship with them over time could help you secure better opportunities in the future.We partner closely with senior-level professionals with elite skillsets to enable their careers now and in the future. If you would like our help to find your next opportunity,  get in touch today.

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How to get the most out of a long and challenging interview process

​Interviewing, particularly for senior-executive level positions, will often entail a rigorous process that includes a lot of prep, energy, and tough technical questions to assess if you have the necessary skills and knowledge to tackle the role. In certain instances, you may even be invited to attend an all-day interview, which entails multiple rounds of exchanges with stakeholders and HR managers to determine how your skillset and character might fit into the company. This type of interview is of course intended to challenge you in a variety of ways, but while it can be tough, it is a valuable experience and an opportunity to get to know the company and the people who make it.If you are called to one of these marathon interviews, it’s important to set yourself up for success in advance, which doesn’t just mean pouring over interview questions and company information. Taking care of yourself both mentally and physically in the run up to such an exciting but demanding opportunity is equally as important as preparing your answers in that fatigue and stress can quickly derail your efforts. This article will guide you to set yourself up for a positive outcome when approaching a long and challenging interview process, whether it’s a job offer or a valuable experience to carry with you for next time. The full pictureBeing called for an interview is a great feeling. It affirms that your resume has hit the mark and that the hiring manager wants to find out more about what you have to offer. The interview itself can challenge you in ways you might not have expected, and in some cases can be a long and demanding process both mentally and physically, but it’s important to remember that if you’re not being challenged, the role might not offer you the right level of growth and development that will keep you fulfilled. Essentially, it’s not supposed to be a breeze.In particular, the idea of an all-day interview can be extremely intimidating, and a certain level of nerves can be a good thing. Single interviews are challenging in their own way, but are typically over in about an hour, while an all-day interview is an entirely different ball game involving meeting with several senior stakeholders within a company to gain different perspectives on your suitability. Depending on the role you are applying for, all-day interviews can come in a range of formats. For example, they may involve a mixture of exercises relevant to your role, plus general tests to check your culture fit, such as personality and IQ tests. This means that you are being tested on things that you can prepare for and traits that are innate to you. Therefore, while reading up on information that can support your professional assessment is one way to prepare, you’ll also need to start the day well rested and calm in order to present the best version of the full picture. Be prepared These interview processes are designed to push you out of your comfort zone and so preparation will be your greatest ally to help you keep your cool and put your best foot forward. Your potential new employers are attempting to gain a full picture of what you are about, from your skills and experience to your attitude and cultural fit and so however talented, experienced, and confident you are in your fit for the role, there will be elements of the process that will challenge you, demanding thorough preparation. Here are some tips to help you to prepare before you walk through the door. Request a scheduleThis is vital in terms of mentally preparing for an all-day interview. Knowing how the day will be laid out will help you get into the headspace of what is expected from you, helping to keep you calm and avoiding anything that might throw you off. You may have four very long interviews, or twelve very short interviews. Whatever the format, you need to make sure you are mentally prepared for what you are facing, and pace yourself around those all-important breaks. Request this a few days before your interview to give the employer time to check everyone’s schedules. Find out the names and job titles of each of your interviewersLook up their LinkedIn pages and find out their experience and expertise, and what relationship they may have with you if you win the position. If they are thought leaders, read their articles and blogs to find out their views on your industry. Researching your interviewers means you can find out how you can relate to them both personally and professionally, which will make them easier to engage with on the day. Prepare questions for your employer A day-long interview is an opportunity for you to get an impression of the institution you are hoping to work for from several angles. Think of all the information you want to gain from the different interviews and ensure you have prepared questions to ask each of them. This also takes the pressure off yourself during each interview and allows for breathing space. And in addition, your interviewers will appreciate the variation in conversation. Gather your examples and stories Prepare some notes on your most notable career achievements. Numbers work best, particularly if you’re short on time, so if your department contributed to a 20% increase in revenue, keep that number in mind. Think of your best and most impactful anecdotes, too - an example of a successful negotiation, a challenge where you were the lead problem solver, a project you managed from conception to launch. And don’t forget to let your personality shine through when telling your story as a good company will be looking for a good mix of skills and character.Stay refreshed The demanding nature of the all-day interview means you need to plan ahead and make sure you are equipped with the right items to keep you feeling fresh and help you stay mentally focused until the end. In most cases you will be offered plenty of chances to hydrate throughout the day, bring a flask of water or coffee is a good idea and will help you to stay alert. Much like a real marathon, these days require stamina, so plan your fuel to keep your brain sharp and keep your energy up between interviews. Choose healthy yet filling snacks like granola bars or fruit and avoid a sugar rush as the slump will be sure to follow. Also, be careful with caffeine. If you rely on it, regulate your coffee throughout the day to avoid any crashes in the afternoon.Having a mid-day freshen up can work wonders for your energy and focus. Packing sanitary items such as hand/face wipes, deodorant/perfume, and mouthwash may give you the reset you need, particularly after food and coffee, and will help to send you into the second half of the day feeling more awake. In addition, packing a comb or hairbrush will help you to remain presentable, which will make you feel better, too.It may be tempting to sit and scroll on your phone in between interviews, but getting fresh air and going for a walk, if you can, will help keep you mentally clear. Gentle physical exercise keeps your blood flowing, prevents tiredness and is the best way to keep fatigue at bay. Try to take a proper break without speculation and analysis of how the day is going. Your brain can’t work at full speed all day - try to slow it down and give it a rest before it goes back into full speed at the next interview. Meditation is known as a hugely beneficial practice in instances like these.Approach each interview consistently It is natural that you will exhibit both strengths and weaknesses throughout the day, and it can be difficult to approach the final interviews with the same energy as the first, but it is vital you remain consistent. Keep in mind that even though this is a marathon for you, your meeting with each interviewer is a stand-alone hour or two for them, so try to keep up with pace. Remember to shake the hand of each interviewer, introduce yourself, and be prepared to repeat yourself a few times throughout the day, however tiring it may seem. End each interview on a positive note about how you are excited to interview for the position, reiterate why you believe you are the ideal date, and that you look forward to hearing from them. However, keep in mind that your interviewers will be comparing notes, so avoid telling the same story and highlighting the same achievements during each interview, or you may risk giving the impression that your experience is more limited than it is. During your research process, think of the best information you have which will be relevant for each position. For example, the Head of Marketing may be engaged with examples where you have shown creativity or solved problems, whereas a sales director will be more interested in figures and percentages. A HR figure will be more interested to hear about your management skills, or a story about dealing with a difficult employee. Again, preparation is key.Stay on your A game Everyone is in the same boat over the course of an all-day interview. Talking for hours in a high-stakes situation can be mentally exhausting, and a mix of anxiety and disinterest can creep in, which is only natural regardless of how passionately you want the job offer. After the initial rush of your first interview, you may be facing fatigue, while your intention was to remain positive, confident, and enthusiastic throughout the day. A good way to avoid showing signs of fatigue during later interviews is to be mindful of your body language. Keep in mind that you should be enthusiastic with your gestures; lean forward towards your interviewer and show your passion for what you do through how you move as well as what you say. If you’re tired towards the end of the day, try to avoid speaking flatly and don’t forget to remain sitting up straight, as this will make you both appear and feel alert and passionate about the topic. The majority of all-day interviews will include a break for lunch mid-way through. Not only is this a chance to get a preview of the company canteen and how people interact during their break, it’s also the perfect opportunity to socialize with your possible new co-workers in an informal setting. Though you may need to refresh, you may also view your lunch break as another kind of interview relating to your cultural and personality fit. Your interviewers will be taking note of your social manner, and whether you are easy to communicate with. It is also an opportunity for you to ask questions and discover more about the company in a more casual setting.Make notes before calling it a day​Remember how you took notes during each interview? At the end of a marathon interview day, you will likely feel completely spent. But don’t give in immediately. Make yourself sit down at your computer or take notes longhand about the points your interviewers emphasized. It’s great if you can be organized about this, but stream of consciousness is fine too, if that’s all you can muster. This is a way to debrief yourself while the information is fresh. Finally, use this to send a personalized email to each interviewer the same day, and thank them by reflecting on something about your conversation and express continued interest. ​These are sure-fired ways to increase your chances of successfully getting through to the next stage, and one step closer to your dream job. ​For more advice on how to successfully navigate your way through a marathon interview process, our expert team at LVI Associates is here to help. Contact the team today and one of our specialist consultants will be in touch.

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How to Decide if a Job Offer is Worth Taking

​A job offer is a great accomplishment, especially if you have devoted a significant amount of effort to crafting resumes and cover letters, studying potential employers and positions, preparing for presentations, and attending interviews, especially for higher-level positions. However, before making a final commitment, there are some essential factors to contemplate.A job offer should be accepted with a mindful approach as your working day and even personal life will be profoundly impacted. Your commute length, the availability of leave, and the work-life balance of the job should all be carefully weighed. After all, the quality of your life is contingent on your decisions.Before accepting an offer, take a moment to consider the following: Will this role impact your finances, work-life balance, and future? This guide helps answer all these questions, which will help you when deciding whether to accept, reject, or negotiate the offer.Am I happy with the salary offered?One of the headline aspects of a job offer to be considered is the salary on the table. Depending on where you are in your career, your salary should reflect your capabilities and overall worth within the job market, and ideally at least 10% above your current salary package. Using websites such as Glassdoor and Payscale to research equivalent salaries can you help you ensure you’re getting offered the right amount. There are other important aspects to a job offer to consider, but if the salary is lower than expected, then you may need to enter negotiations. Though a lower base salary may be offered, overall salary may be supplemented through bonuses or commission. Perks such as subsidized health care and childcare may also be included in the package, creating a mutually beneficial deal.The role may offer you a salary that is initially disappointing but puts you on a guaranteed and exciting career track with a larger reward in the near future. Also, consider the satisfaction of the job if you are offered a big step-up in pay. What demands will this new role put on you? While an impressive new wage can be attractive, it may weigh lightly against the additional stress and pressure that comes from an increase in responsibility. It’s good to be challenged from a new role, but not at the expense of your long-term happiness, so it’s important to find the balance between financial compensation and quality of life.What are the benefits?Alongside the salary, look at the break down of benefits and perks offered by the new position. If these aren’t outlined fully in your job offer, request the full details from the hiring manager. Some companies offer bumper benefits packages, which can be considered as valuable as your initial salary package. Look at the following benefits when evaluating a job offer: Annual leave - is there a generous allowance for paid time away from the office? Does the role have a good pension? What is the employer contribution to your pension? How good is the health insurance provided by the company? What does it cover, specifically? Does the role provide large money-saving perks, such as a company car, subsidized childcare, or paid memberships?How will the role affect my work-life balance?​Work-life balance is extremely important not only to your happiness, but also to your health, relationships, and even your success within your role. Consider the responsibilities of the role - are the day-to-day tasks stimulating and satisfying to you? Do they encompass the positive aspects of your previous role where you experienced success and growth? Will they challenge you to develop new skills/areas of expertise or are the tasks simply outside of your expertise or interests? Think about how the job will slot into your life, and how much control you will have over your work-life balance within the role. ​A large element to consider is whether the role offers flexible working, which may be particularly important if you have children. A role that allows employees to build their hours around their family obligations and provides regular opportunities to work from home can be far more appealing than a role that pays more but provides no flexibility. The commute also needs to be considered when evaluating a role for work-life balance. Is the role in a hard-to-reach location? Will you be dealing with daily traffic jams? Is the role reachable by public transport? How much will the commute cost in train tickets or petrol and parking? A job that requires a lot of travel can be exciting but can have a negative impact on your work-life balance as it can be tiring, costly, and time-consuming. If a lot of the role is spent ‘on the road’, you will need to consider how this will affect your quality of life long-term.​Am I a good cultural fit?​Hopefully, during your application and interview process, you will have had a taste of the company culture at your potential new organization. Review the business’s employer branding materials, their social media accounts, and testimonials on sites such as Glassdoor for more information. Your work environment is one of the most important factors to consider when deciding whether to accept a job offer. You will be spending around 40 hours a week there, so think carefully about whether that prospect makes you excited or anxious. Regardless of the job title, salary, or perks, accepting a job offer from a company where you will be glad to spend your time is what’s most important to your health and happiness.​Lean into your intuition and consider any potential red flags you may have identified. In some instances, it may be appropriate to request another visit to the office to talk to team members before saying ‘yes’ to the offer, or you may request another more informal chat with your manager to ask any lingering cultural questions. This may help you to get a good sense of the types of personalities within the company, and find out how the office operates and where you would fit in. Are teams encouraged to work collaboratively, or do they tend to work as individuals? Is there good camaraderie within the team? How do they support each other? Ask for examples to get the best understanding. ​Can I work well with my peers?​The people you work with, and indeed those you report to, can make or break a role. It is vital to your overall enjoyment of your job that you are working with people who bring out the best in you, as well as a team that will be receptive to your attempts to bring something new and beneficial to the company.​When considering a job offer, try to find out who you will be reporting to and who will be reporting to you. It is likely that the former will have been involved in the hiring process, but if you haven’t met them, you may want to arrange a meeting or a phone call to discover more about their leadership style while you consider a job offer. Ask what would be expected of you in terms of delivery and performance and run through a typical week within your team. If the ideas and working style of those around and above you don’t run alongside your own you may want to reconsider taking the job offer and keep on looking.​Does it advance my career?​You’re already on the job hunt, so your career progression will naturally be on your mind at this point. You may have an offer for a role that advances your career immediately, but the move could be a bad decision in the long term. Does the current job offer allow for further growth of your skills and talents? Or are you moving into a position that may lack the challenge you need in order to develop? It’s a good idea to investigate the training and networking opportunities provided by the role. Do you have time in your role to learn new skills, or attend sector conferences that will keep you informed of trends in the market? Does the business have a budget reserved for career development and further education of its employees? ​LinkedIn is a good website to research this. You can look into the career paths of current and former employees and see how those within the company have progressed either internally or through new roles. You may want to reconsider a job offer for a role where there is little progression or growth, or from a company that has no immediate growth plans, or any career development programs. On the other hand, you may wish to include this in your negotiation process.​Am I happy I got the job?​Now that you have considered the salary, the benefits, your work-life balance, the culture, your colleagues, and your career development goals, the final element to consider is your general ‘gut feeling’ when it comes to considering the job offer. Are you ecstatic to get the offer, or do you have your reservations? If you are reading this, there’s probably a reason you are taking your time to make a decision. Of course, there may be more personal factors at play that may incentivize you to accept a role quickly, but it is worth taking your time to consider how the prospect of starting this new position truly makes you feel. ​No job offer will be perfect, but it is important to trust your gut when an offer comes through, even if it just sparks some more honest negotiations. If you are unhappy with the lack of flexibility within the role or have doubts about opportunities for development, it may be better in the long-term to turn down the offer. Trust your instinct and intuition. If something is telling you taking the role is a bad idea, write up a list of pros and cons and weigh them up. ​Moving jobs is a big decision that affects many aspects of your life and steers your future. If you are unsure, it is always worth speaking to a trusted advisor, like our specialist consultants at LVI Associates, who will guide you through every step of the process. Get in touch for tailored advice.

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Acing your interview

Now that you are this outstanding applicant who received an interview opportunity. Be prepared and get ready to ace your interview with the below tips at the different stages:Pre-interviewDuring the interviewPost-interview​Pre-interviewResearch the prospective company.Bring your portfolio and any work samples.Be proactive and prepare in advance any questions to ask the hiring manager:We have previously mentioned that tenure is important for companies. Leverage the Q&A session to demonstrate that you are looking to build your career with the new employer. Ask questions about the company and their career plan for you. Check if the company has any mentorship programs to help progress your career and if there are any mentors/role models to learn from. Find out if the company has any equity scheme for employees. Asking the right questions can help convey your desire to have a long-term career with the company you’re interviewing for. ​During the interview​Explaining gaps in a CV It’s important to be transparent. According to a survey from LinkedIn, 96% of hiring managers will still hire someone who has been made redundant due to Covid-19, so don’t be afraid to share this information.  An interview is the opportunity to tell your story and get to know the hiring manager. Be prepared to share what you have achieved during time off – that can be independent consulting work, enhancing your skillsets (technical/software skills) or advancing your learning.   ​Salary - How to avoid overselling or underselling?​Step 1Identify what is important to you before heading into the interview, whether that is a higher salary, better benefits, or flexibility at work. That will impact your salary expectation.Step 2Always try to avoid answering this question. But how? Instead, reply with:"I have a full understanding of your company and the role. I would like to think/speak to my family before I come back to you by tomorrow.”"If you have never received a job description, “Can you please share the job description with me so that I can better gate the salary expectation for a role like this?”“I am looking for a salary that is reflective of my skillset. What would someone with a similar background in your company receive?”Step 3Do not give a salary range – the last thing you want is to be on the bottom rank. Give a number that you feel is feasible and competitive in the market. Currently, the market salary increment average is around 3%-6%. Opening a discussion about flexible/hybrid workWe highly advise to not discuss working from home or flexible working arrangements in the first interview. With interview processes usually around 2-3 rounds, the 2nd or final interview will be the best time to ask about flexible work arrangements. ​Rather than asking directly, you could reframe a question to “What are the current working arrangements for the team?” or “Is the current team mostly working from the office”. By rephrasing the questions, this can come across as an expression of interest for the working style and how the team operates instead of demanding the right to work from home.​Working from home or flexible work is a fairly new concept. If the arrangements have been agreed, it’s important to get this included in the contract or have written confirmation in an email when the offer letter is sent.   The must-ask question: why are you leaving your current company? It’s crucial not to speak badly about your current or ex-employers. Always turn it back into positive, you could say something along the lines of: “Everything is fine and pretty good in my current/previous company. I am looking to move because your company is the leader in the market. I want to learn from the best leader to broaden my horizon and further expand my skill set to grow within your company.” Use your research, “I want to be part of this new project that your company is doing. I believe my skill set can add value to the team/project.”  By answering smartly, it shows:You are really interested in the company.You are passionate about what they do.You are knowledgeable about the market.You have done the research and you know about their company. Post-interview Always follow up – drop a note to share your gratitude and connect with a hiring manager on LinkedIn. It’s advantageous for a hiring manager to remember you so you can establish a relationship – which is useful for referrals.​Ready? It is time.​Submit your CV to our Australia Engineering recruitment consultant team to explore your next career opportunities.SUBMIT CV​Take a step backStay Close, Stay Competitive - Top practical tips to secure your dream engineering job in AustraliaIn a highly competitive market standing out from the crowds is never easy, but it can make all the difference between success or failure. This begs the question, how can you differentiate yourself from others? Grab a copy of our tips Guide in full by filling out the form below:​​​

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